The initiatives comprising Watersheds and Cities have impacted around 3.8 million hectares. The partners have conducted diagnoses, designed integrated watershed management action plans, and deployed communication and awareness campaigns to achieve the active participation of the different sectors and stakeholders. Conservation, restoration, and productive reconversion actions have been established on more than 130,000 hectares; compensation schemes have provided hydro-environmental services on more than 35,000 hectares.
The field deployment of the projects has opened up spaces for the direct participation of the communities in the definition of objectives, the development of activities, and other participatory processes for managing natural resources. Local initiatives have directly benefited more than 16,000 families in 192 communities through their incorporation into sustainable, productive projects, the installation of various eco-technologies, such as biodigesters, water-saving toilets and wood-saving stoves, and 470 rainwater harvesting systems in areas with water shortages or wells contaminated by heavy metals.
The new phase, Watersheds and Cities V: Spaces for Adaptation to Climate Change, began in July 2022. During the second half of 2022, project partners implemented conservation, restoration, and sustainable production actions in 327 new hectares and maintained these actions in the more than 65,000 hectares of previous stages. In addition, they carried out activities that contributed to preserving and improving hydrological and environmental services. In addition, studies were initiated on more than 1.5 million hectares to design Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) for climate change adaptation.
The subprojects reactivated community nurseries that produce more than 300,000 trees and plants. They also established 280 family gardens that seek to improve the resilience of communities in water-stressed watersheds. At the end of November, the Training and Meeting on Green Infrastructure and Rain Gardens in your Community and Colony was held, with the participation of more than 100 people.